There is always a certain ‘what.’ The play is ‘what.’ We have to deal with our parts as ‘what.’ There are two ways in this ‘what:’ one is leading to ‘why,’ and that is pure science. When we take a play and try to discover ‘why’ the author has done this or that, we will never be able to act it. The other way is ‘how,’ and that is our way as actors.
For instance, if we know how to become jealous on the stage without knowing why, then we are artists. The more the materialistically minded world forces us to go the way of ‘why,’ the less we are able to develop our abilities and talents. This ‘why’ is very widespread in art in our present life.
If you ask how can I know ‘how’ if I don’t know ‘why,’ I would say that is its a very materialistic question, because ‘how’ is the mystery of art. It is the secret of the artist who always knows ‘how’ without any explanation, any proof, any analysis or psychological abilities.